EAAL student Eh Wah Paw shares her experience of studying an elective at Eaglehawk Secondary College:
The subject that I chose is called, Animal Studies:
We learn ‘What is Agriculture?’ Agriculture is where a farmer uses his land to plant crops, food, farms animals for their resource, and make products. We also learn about Cattle husbandry. Animal husbandry is a branch of agriculture where we look at how to look after animals such as dogs, cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and other creatures.
How do we look after them?
• Feed them and/or provide plenty of pasture.
• Keep water and food available all the time.
• Maintain herd health.
• Check them regularly for signs of illness or injury.
• Maintain fences and machinery.
We learned about sheep too. Sheep have a coat of wool and 4 legs. Each leg has two toes. The female sheep are called ewes while the male sheep are called rams. The baby sheep is called the lamb.Sheep are very useful animals. The wool of sheep is very soft and long. This wool is sheared and made into wool. Some female sheep are milked and the milk is used for cheese, yoghurt, or just as milk. Sheep’s milk contains more protein and has a higher fat content than cow’s milk. Sheep can also survive in tough climates.
I learned about many things in animal studies, it was very interesting, but I didn’t write all the things that I learned because it would take too much time! If you are interested in learning about this, you can come and choose the subject in year 9 or 10.